Transport & Highways (Councillor Beckett)

Driven, pedestrian & parked:

1. High Street resident survey and interview of 17 households that agreed to respond

Taking solutions various councillors had proposed as possible options, I got these scores.
+2 = strongly support / +1 = support / 0 = neither / -1 = oppose / -2 = strongly oppose
1. 20mph net score 20
2. Speed bumps net score 4
3. One Way system net score -1
4. Double yellow lines on one side of the road, net score -6
5. Pavement parking net score -7

2. Methodolgy

The questionnaire used to gather this information, with my contact details added if not to be done door-to-door as I have been doing.

Residents’ Survey: Transport    Cllr. Mike Beckett called to see you.

Please return this to The Vicarage, Richard Avenue, Brightlingsea CO7 0LP when completed

YOUR STREET:________________ NAME/HOUSE/EMAIL (optional, if you’d like followup) ______________

1. How often do you hear intrusive noise from cars when at home?

Multiple times a day   daily at certain times    several times a week    occasionally    almost never   never

2. What times are the worst?

Early hours      morning           afternoon        early evening  late evening    overnight

3. Have you or anyone visiting you ever had damage done to a vehicle parked in this street?   Y       N

3.1. If yes, what damage?

4. How often have you experienced cars speeding down your road or nearby?

Multiple times a day     daily at certain times     several times a week    occasionally    almost never    never

5. How far would you support the following measures on your road….?

5.1 An enforced 20mph speed limit

Strongly support           support            neither             would oppose               would strongly oppose

5.2 The introduction of speed bumps

Strongly support           support            neither             would oppose               would strongly oppose

5.3 A one-way system

Strongly support           support            neither             would oppose               would strongly oppose

5.4 Marked parking bays partially on the pavement (as used in London) on one side of the road

Strongly support           support            neither             would oppose               would strongly oppose

5.5 Use of double yellow lines on one side of the road.

Strongly support           support            neither             would oppose               would strongly oppose

6. Are you a cat or dog owner?           Y         N

6.1 If yes, has your pet ever been hurt or endangered on the road where you live?

7. How good do you consider pavement access on your road to be?

Dangerous      Poor  Fair    Good Very good       Excellent

3. My recommendation

Following residents complaints about road safety with parked vehicles, people, and animals have been at risk I have investigated this matter further. I propose undertaking a Brightlingsea wide consultation, to gather evidence to support (if the evidence supports it) creating a ‘Twenty’s Plenty’ 20mph zone or zones in Brightlingsea.

Considerations

  • Depending on age, survivability at 20mph vs 30mph is about 7-10 times higher and stopping distances are halved (12m vs 23m or 3 vs 6 car lengths). (Source: 20sPlenty http://www.20splenty.org website)
  • If a car hits a pedestrian at 30 mph there is a 1:5 chance they will be killed. If a car hits a pedestrian at 20 mph there is a 1:40 chance they will be killed. (source RoadWise www.roadwise.co.uk website)
  • Silent urban vehicles electric and hybrid vehicles that just don’t ‘sound’, reduce the warnings of approaching potential danger that pedestrians and other car drivers are used to experiencing from traditional diesel/petrol engine road users.
  • The trend is that people are wanting greener, less environmentally damaging vehicles and so does Government policy that is nudging people to switch away from Diesel (for example London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone, Welsh government is moving to make 20mph default for residential roads, and indications of future fuel duty rises) and next on the agenda to deal with will be Petrol. This means silent vehicles will be increasing year on year on our local roads, all the more need for sensible speed control.

4. Vigilance for Potholes and Accidents

Ongoing monitoring of our winter roads for accidents and the growth of potholes etc to report, these are the 14 areas we can report to Highways, for action.

4.1 Bridges and structures – Damage or issues to a bridge, culvert, subway or other structure.

4.2 Bushes, trees, verges or weeds – Overgrown vegetation issues such as bushes, trees, verges or weeds.

4.3 Bus stops, bins, benches, barriers or bollards – Damaged or missing benches, bins, bollards, roadside fences or barriers.

4.4 Damaged or missing manhole covers – Broken, missing, noisy or rocking manhole covers.

4.5 Faded lines, damaged signs – White, yellow, give way lines, warning or traffic signs.

4.6 Flooding and blocked drains – Standing water, blocked or broken drains, flooded property or impassable roads.

4.7 Lighting and traffic lights – Street lights, traffic lights, lit signs, lit bollards and beacons

4.8 Litter, debris and graffiti – Fly tipping, litter, abandoned vehicles and graffiti

4.9 Obstructions – Large obstructions such as embankment slips, large overhanging branches or fallen trees (Overgrown vegetation comes under bushes, trees, verges or weeds in 4.2)

4.10 Parking – Where to park, apply for a parking permit or appeal a parking fine

4.11 Pavements, kerbs & cycle paths – Damaged or uneven pavements, cycle paths or kerbs

4.12 Potholes and road surface issues

4.13 Potholes and other road surface issues

4.14 Public Rights of Way – Footpaths, byways and bridleways. Blocked access or broken stiles

4.15 Traffic, roadworks or utility works

Report Potholes

Essex County Council is responsible for highways in and around Brightlingsea. Report potholes directly here.

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